Got the bloggin’ blueeesss

 

Hi there!

First and foremost, I want to apologize for the fact that there were no new videos this week. Tyler (le bf) left on a 10 day trip on tuesday, and my plan was to film a bunch of videos this week to get ahead of the game, but unfortunately last week I had a really bad reaction to a skincare product I was trying out (I know it will be asked, so it was Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Relief Facial Cleanser. I’m not sure if my skin was reacting because it was a new product or what, but it was baaaaaaaad). I decided to postpone filming to give my skin some time to heal, and it’s finally getting to the point where everything looks okay under makeup. I wanted to get a video up today, but the day got the better of me so the plan is to get right back on track on Sunday- I’m gonna add an extra little 2-part video series called Love it or Leave it.. essentially product of the week and product of the never again lol :)

The main point of this post is to say that I’m feeling like I’m in a bit of a blogging rut. Every post is either a product review or a tutorial recap, and for me it’s kinda boring. I know that there is a weekly guest look, but I really want to start having more interactive posts, get more feedback and participation from you guys, and make xSparkage feel more..like a community? haha i don’t know, just less repetitive like i feel it is now.

This also applies to Youtube. The way I have been going about everything lately is a review/haul/something on Mondays, and tutorials on Wednesday and Friday. I always notice that the more popular videos seem to be hauls overall, followed by tutorials and finally reviews. What types of videos do you enjoy watching most? I read a comment recently asking me to bring back First Impressions and Theme tutorials, as well as Ask Leesha.  I guess my question is, What are your favorite style videos to watch from beauty gurus? Hauls? Reviews? Tips/Tricks? Full on tutorials? I put videos up to help YOU guys, so knowing what it is that appeals to you will help me out a lot.
I’m totally planning on bringing back theme tutorials (they will start mid-february, and there is a reason for that, you shall see!) but until then I’m sort of striving for ideas in the tutorial department, so it’s difficult to bring two a week. I work MUCH better when I have a set idea in my head and know EXACTLY what it is I want to represent, but without that I tend to sort of go back to the same styles, which I know gets repetitive.

I’m writing this because I want to know your thoughts. I’m sure you all have loads of favorite blogs you check out daily, and I’d love to know what it is you like about them- the type of posts, the way they present photos, etc. I’d also love to hear what you do/don’t like about xSparkage, both the blog and youtube.. feedback either way is really helpful!

 

omg, if you read all of that, I will personally bake you cookies. Sometimes I miss having a personal blog, lol :) To make it up to you, here is a picture of two cats actually using a cat product the way it was advertised (I didn’t think it was possible)

Kikibub

Again, sorry for the boring post and total MIA-ness this week! I appreciate all of your support so much!

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  • http://www.phyrra.net Phyrra

    I love the idea of you doing a tips or tricks of the week post. I also really do love your looks and reviews.

  • http://www.lipgloss-flipflops.com Amber

    I like Chocolate Chip Cookies Peanut butter are good too ;) FOr youtube I love seeing occasional hauls, but my favorite thing to watch are product reviews and I am a huge fan of your bright makeup tutorials. I also really enjoy tip and trick videos… I feel those should be shorter vids if possible though. For your blog I think a mix of beauty/ personal posts would be good. Its always nice to see personal sides of people. Even if its posts about your fur babies! One thing I am not a fan of on blogs are just photos of products with no descriptions. Hope this helps <3

  • Tina

    I used to love when Pixiwoo would sit down in front if the camera and just start doing really creative makeup with no plan and chat about life and makeup.

    • Morgan

      I agree! I love how candid you can be Leesha, so maybe just do a “See What Happens” kind of makeup video?

      • http://www.unique-desire.com Kassie

        I agree!!

    • http://Www.fibercrazedbeauty.blogspot.com Sara

      I’d love to see something like that too. Just kinda witness the creative process at work, ya know?? :D

    • Meg

      Yes! This would be great!

    • Kimberly

      This would be awesome! :)

  • Gabi

    So excited for the themed tutorials next month! As far as my favorite videos, other than tutorials, reviews are always super helpful! But everything you put up I think is great :)

  • Noemie

    I did read everything haha! So here is my view on things I like. I like hauls but not every week because it just makes me feel bad+makes me want to shop and I just can’t afford to every week :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE your tutorials (I’m still waiting for a “around the world” kind of theme :) )
    I do miss First Impressions but I would love you to do it in the way where you wear the product all day and then come back and tell us what your impressions are. I feel like that’s more helpful than just watching you opening it and swatching it and done. I guess that’s how I like reviews :)
    I hope that helped a little bit, you’re the 1st person I ever subscribed to on yt and you taught me a lot :)
    ps: I’m still looking for somebody who did a good tutorial on Emma Stone’s makeup at the Golden Globes. just throwing it out there if you dont know what to film one of these days :)

  • http://axlaxmode.wordpress.com/ Mel

    I love every segment you do, but my favorites are probably either the tips and tricks or the full on tutorials. I also miss celebrity looks. The Nicki Minaj one and the Taylor Swift ones were two of my favorite looks of yours. Hope you get out of the rut soon! =)

  • jenn

    I love your open box videos and i also love the hauls. Worst products and your favs would be a good ones too. I’m still kinda new but I love all your videos. Neutrogena gave me a bad reaction too. I had a face mask and left it on like it said to and when I took it off my face was sooo red that you could see the outline on my face this was years ago never used anything from them again. Hope your feeling better and thanks for doing what you do :0)

  • http://teanmakeup.tumblr.com Emily

    I really like the idea of the “love it or leave it” videos. I think it would be cool to have a portion of this website dedicated to photos of people recreating your looks. It would be nice to see some fan interpretations of your looks!

    • Leesha

      thats such a fun idea!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/bunnycart Miss Katie

    I love “tips and tricks” “style” and maybe add a bit more personal on your blog? I’m sure everyone’s curious about your general life – I know I am and I really hope that doesn’t sound creepy but I like to hear a bit about person lives about my favourite bloggers. Hearing what they do besides beauty related items.

  • http://p-rime.tumblr.com Lauren

    I miss your unboxing videos! And i do love your first impressions videos too! You should do like… a product smackdown or whatever. You could do one for like the maybelline color tattoos VS mac paint pots. Or comparing crackle polishes. IDK. :) I love your videos leesha. you’re really my FAVORITE guru to watch. I honestly and truly mean that. Why not start doing some series again. Like themed tutorials. Like around the world?

  • Hannah Elizabeth

    I think it would be cool if you tried to do a re-make series. Like, re-makes of past looks that didn’t have the greatest video quality.

    • Leesha

      oooh dont you worry, that’s going to happen :) Definitely planning to redo the disney princess looks, as well as add more disney characters.. that will probably happen in march (after this first series I mentioned happens!)

      • http://www.unique-desire.com Kassie

        Yippeee!!! So excited for that! I loved your Disney looks and often took inspiration from you when I did my own Disney series. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

  • amanda sawyer

    I love our videos and blog for in dept things. One video I loved that you did was the make up mistakes on one side of your face and how to fix it on the other. So funny.

    • Leesha

      I think that video is the most controversial video I have hahah. Some people LOVE it, others HAAAAAAAATE it.

      • Amanda

        I absolutely loved that one!

  • Courtney

    Leesha, you think too much! I watch your vids & read your blog for your PERSONALITY..and cos I’m a makeup junkie. I do miss your theme tutorials tho xx

  • http://www.nykkeyb.blogspot.com/ Nikki B

    I would love to see tips and tricks. I also really like your tutorials. As for Hauls, mehhh I’d prefer to see a review or favorite things type video. I like getting info on a product not just look what I bought.

  • Kathryn

    I like themed tutorials, regular tutorials, and tips and tricks. I really appreciate reviews as well but I feel like those can just be blog posts – unless a video is necessary to demonstrate or explain.

  • http://theadventuresofninapatricia.blogspot.com/ Nina Patricia

    I like either sugar cookies or Oatmeal raisins, I’ll be waiting.
    I love all of your videos but specially the tips, first impressions. The love it or leave sounds cool.
    How about some more nail care too?

    • Leesha

      I definitely need to do more nail videos, I keep slacking on them (even DOING my nails in general haha)

  • http://xcatx89.deviantart.com/ Cat

    I love the themed tutorials the best! Maybe do something like the elements – Water, Earth, Fire, Wind/Air, Space. That would be neat.

  • Caitlin

    I love your tutorials and hauls. I think it would be fun if you could do more Ask Leesha videos. I think that you would get a lot more ideas by going through different themes and doing more indepth things. Like different characters from your favorite movies, or books that aren’t movies that you think they might look like. Also, i would love it if you could do cheaper alternatives for the higher end brands. Hope this helps!

  • Cassie

    Cookies for me! This will probably be long I feel it :)

    Love all tutorials, themed or otherwise. Even if the look is similar to one in the past this is one way to learn about new products (new on the market or just new to me).

    Haul videos are great/fun, but unless there’s some type of update on how you feel about the product I feel it to be useless, besides being entertaining and making me oh so jealous of the new makeup and such that you buy. Same goes for first impressions. I like them a lot, but what would be more helpful is if in the same video you came back a few hours later and showed how the product wore that would be extra awesome :) If the color is awesome but fades in an hour or two I don’t really want it (this is my biggest gripe with blush, the prettiest color does me no good if it’s gone before lunch because I have no time for touch ups outside of lipstick at work).

    Awhile ago there were a underrated and overrated videos going around. Love seeing both. What products do you use that you think are fantastic but don’t get enough praise, please let me know so I too can enjoy these products, or which ones do you think get talked about a ton by other beauty gurus but you don’t think are all that great (you mentioned Urban Decay’s Zero in a previous post).

    I’m also enjoying your dieting tips/food posts. They’re entertaining and inspiring.

    And if you read all that you deserve baked cookies so we’ll be even. Keep up the good work Leesha I always get super excited when you have a new video or blog entry posted.

  • Sweetbsting

    Mmmm, cookies… Sorry, got distracted there for a minute. I am really into Indie makeup, and find it more affordable so I frequent blogs that are primarily That. I also like the idea of helping small business as opposed to mega corporations. I like that you don’t spam every piece of promo material you receive, that irks me about some bloggers.
    Those are some ideas i have. I wouldn’t mold you into any other type of blog, just thought I’d share. Btw, I think you’re amazingly talented and love your looks. *awkward fan girl moment*

  • Marie

    I would like to see more blogs or videos on cooking, or just healthy eating in general. I have tried the green smoothie, and the slimming soup because you mentioned it! They were both great!

    • Leesha

      I am definitely planning to stick with weekly Healthy Beauty posts, dont worry :)

  • Amanda

    I’m not sure how much help I’ll be, but since you asked for feedback, I’ll give my two cents. I’m so excited about the theme tutorials coming back. They’re my absolute favorites, and that’s how I actually found your blog. I also really like reviews because before I spend money on a product, I love to hear the pros and cons of actually using it to see if it’s worth the money. Tips and tricks are also always good. It sounds like I’m probably in the minority, but I usually don’t pay as much attention to hauls because I wait for a full review of the products.
    Again, that probably isn’t much help, but those are my preferences. Super excited for the theme looks!

  • http://www.twitter.com/icouldcareless3 Kimmiekins21

    I read everything! I want to say first off that i love all your videos, my favorite being the tutorials:) they are really to me the best out there with how you explain everything and how you set everything up. Ive really learned so much from you and want to one day do a guest look but im not to sure how to go about that . I think that it would be cool to in more of your tutorial videos if we could see looks done one other people but kind of make it or it would be interesting for you to like bring guests in and have them do a look on you! Haha i dont really know where im going with this, i dont really know how to put into words my idea. But thanks so much for all that you do and i am really looking forward to what comes next:)

  • Christy B.

    I would love to see more tips and tricks! I also really like reviews. Hauls are about my least favorite because Its cool to see what you got and whats new but without swatches and/or reviews I tend to kinda forget about stuff that I might otherwise be interested in. Does that make sense? lol

  • Hannah

    I love your unboxing video’s and hauls & I adore your tutorials with bright colours :D

  • vedith

    I always love your videos. Especially the tutorials, runner up would be swatches. Saves me a lot of money to know wether to buy a product or not. I’d love to see some more ‘ low budget looks’ if you know what i mean :P. You could make a tutorial mini series inspired by flowers? anyway, keep up the good work. ;) ( the kitty pics are cute too, have to pimp your posts somehow Lol. ) just for the record,, your posts or vids are never boring to me! I really watch forward to new ones. Now, where are my cookies? Hahaha
    time to close my eyes now (2.15 am or something..)
    <3 from the Netherlands,

  • http://www.unique-desire.com Kassie

    I miss the themed looks and the Ask Leesha videos. I like your reviews because you have amazing photographs but they aren’t in depth. Usually(not always) you take photos, swatch and describe the colors. But sometimes I am left wondering if the product actually worked.

    Umm, I really miss your bright looks, the blue/purple one you did the other week was amazing, a real blast from the past, which I loved.

    I really can’t think of anything else, you are an amazing guru and I absolutely love you! One of the first I started watching and I plan to never stop! You are the reason I started experimenting with color and my 120 palette :D

    I LOVE YOU!! ♥♥♥ :D

  • Lisa

    First off, the comment about cats and appropriate use of cat items made me LOL hard. I know EXACTLY what you mean!!
    Second, I love love love the First Impressions videos! Esp with drugstore stuff. Gives us an idea of what is worth trying and what isn’t, which is really helpful. We hear a lot about how great/awful certain high-end products are from a lot of gurus so that makes it easy when we go to Sephora or whatev, but I really love the First Impressions videos!
    Also, I love tutorials as much as the next girl, just putting that out there. So keep those :D Yours are my fave, seriously. I like reviews like >10 mins… anything over that (unless it is about a SET of products, not just 1 or 2) is just not necessary.
    I hope this was helpful! Please keep blogging & youtube-ing! Love your stufffff :)

  • Joy

    I definitely enjoy your videos and feel like I can relate to you b/c I also moved to Austin somewhat recently…I’ve been here two years. It’s creepy, but I feel like I know you. Ha. I would also like to see more nail care b/c my nails are crap and I’m trying to get better at nails and makeup. Any tips are always welcome. Love it or leave it sounds really cool…it helps to have good reviews when planning our own purchases, especially on a tight budget. I love glitter and cats too! Lol. You could make us cookies, but it’s probably too many caloriessssssss!!!

  • Stephanie

    In order of preference: Reviews (so I know what to get or avoid), tips and tricks, tutorials, hauls. If there’s recipes then those go after reviews!

    I come to your blog most for swatches/ basic review summaries of a product.

    I prefer freshly baked warm cookies with walnuts!

  • Emi

    Im starting my makeup course in beauty school (next week omg im so excited) and id love to chat with you more. Mudd products, when I know more I plan to have more questions. There will be a contest at the end of the week, character make up, with a theme of some sort.
    Im interested in taking more courses other that what I study on your site ;)
    Ive promoted your site to my class already, but what if you did like a shout out video and participated in the contest, and we dont mind if you blow us out of the water..
    Anyway ill check in with yousoon, im excited to see whatever change you are looking for.

  • Tanis

    I LOVE your bright crazy tutorials. I love your “wearable” ones as well but the bright ones are definitey my favorite.

  • Karen

    My favorite videos from you are your tutorials! I’d like to see more celebrity inspired ones. I also miss your monthly favorites videos! I like haul videos because I’m nosey and like to see what other people are buying, but afterwards I want to know if you actually like the products. I think you already do a good job with that by posting swatches and reviews on your blog.

  • http://sitting-on-the-moon.blogspot.com/ Bonnie

    I have always loved the open box vids, and theme tutorials.It would be cool if you did some older movies, to give you inspiration for the themes. Like Pretty Woman, Almost Famous, hell even Dick Tracy.

    Find your inspiration and run with it!

  • Alexis

    My favourite blogs/videos of yours (besides tutorials) are your reviews, I also really like your monthly fav videos so I can get ideas for new products to buy. On your blog the one thing I wouldn’t miss is the guest looks, I never really look at them.
    I also really liked when you did a few unboxings from the deal sites like hautelook. I shop all the time on that site but there’s so many brands I just skip over if I don’t really know the brand. But I remember one time you unboxed from Hautelook and you got something from Romeo and Juliet and I loved the pieces and now anytime its on the site I take a look :)
    I know you have your other youtube for discodollies and my fav videos on those are your recipe videos, or talking about your fav kitchen tools, random stuff like that.

  • Katie

    I like tips/tricks and tutorial videos the best. I like to see a product in action and how to use it. I watch haul videos anyway but they are kinda pointless in my opinion. Yeah, it’s cool to see what people buy, but it’s not helping me to see how the product works. I think you can never make everyone happy with review videos. I wont watch a review of a product I’m not at all interesting in buying. But when I do watch a review, I like to see the product getting used. But I hate when people go on and on and on about it. I hate when reviews can get over 10 minutes long. None of what I’ve said is directly about any of your videos. I watch alot of beauty videos and those are just my overall opinions. I honestly love all of your videos. Especially your colorful tutorials. Finding new color combos is my favorite thing

  • Chelsy

    One of your themes should definitely be a look inspired by the districts in the Hunger Games! :)

    • Leesha

      A+ at guessing what i was being cryptic about for the theme im starting in february hahah :D

      • Ashley

        Oh that’s amazing, that’ll be really fun to see. Are you going to do all the districts or just the ones that were specified? Because some of them have no information about them at all.

        • Leesha

          I was planning to do all of them. They each have a “job” so to speak, so i can base it off of that :)

  • http://bierbunny.blogspot.com/ Rachel

    I like watching the “get ready with me” videos. I’m not sure if you’ve ever done one of those before. I miss the unboxing videos you did, then after you would show everything from the box we could tell you if there’s something we’d want a review on or a tutorial with. I like watching hauls too, makeup or clothing. In blog posts I like to see swatches of products. I think it’s easier to go back and look at pictures of swatches then search thru videos to find the swatch. I like when gurus talk about products they like AND that they don’t like. No one seems to talk about the products they don’t like. I think it’s helpful to know what you don’t like and why. Oh and recipes. I love learning new recipes, whether thru a video or on a blog. And I’ll take some mint chocolate chip cookies =D Better get baking, it looks like you have alot of cookies to make =P

  • Kyla

    Where are my cookies now??? :D I loooove when you open all the boxes… it makes me feel like christmas or my birthday!! :D More open box! ;)

  • Magnolia

    I absolutely love all your videos my favorites are haul videos and tutorials! I love seeing the new stuff you get and I then make mental notes of which products I want to see your review for. Your wed and Friday looks are the best I always look forward to them. I love the idea of xsparkage becoming more of a community and more interactive. I think a great way to bring that up is the ask leesha vids!! I would love to see nail tutorials again that’s actually how I found you haha. Maybe you could do something like comparing an expensive product to a drugstore brand, like finding the cheaper dupe for the higher priced item but show how it wears and what the differences are etc. I hope that made sense, I’m sure I’ll love whatever you come up with :)

  • Amanda

    Hi Leesha,

    Just wanted to encourage you by saying that I love all of your videos, and although you might be feeling bored don’t worry: you have committed followers! If I had to choose I would say that my faves are your tutorials and hauls (so I know what to buy!)

  • http://belowfreezingbeauty.blogspot.com Maia

    What sets you apart from other gurus, in my mind, is your creativity. I can watch hauls and tags anywhere, but I love your tutorials, both everyday and adventurous.

  • http://polishschmolish.blogspot.com Julie

    Since you mentioned that you missed having a personal blog, what about doing weekly post that is non-beauty related? A movie you recently saw and loved, a weekend trip, etc.

    As far as beauty related things go, I think it would be neat to see something like “Long Lost Favorites” where you revisit a product you used to LOVE, but pushed to the side to try something new. It would be interesting to see if your feelings have changed or not.

  • Amber

    m&m cookies please! :) i like the candy themed tutorials, they were mostly colorful and fun. I do like haul videos and review vids. I really like when u do makeup look or review of cheaper makeup. I love the expensive stuff but cant afford it as much as i wish i could.

  • Jennifer L.

    I love your videos and haven’t felt them lacking of anything. But I will say that I love you’re tips and tricks you used to make more often. I think the most important is staying true to you, and never try to change the essence of you’re blog and channel without pushing the envelop!

    • Jennifer L.

      Sorry I probably didn’t make any sense or offered any suggestions whatsoever. But the truth is that I love watching/reading all different types of videos/posts, some more than others. But it has to be something that people love doing. That’s really what’s it about.

      As a loyal follower/subscriber, I’ve enjoyed every video and post you’ve made, because you continue to stay true to yourself without staying safe (if that makes sense).

      Try different things and see the response you get. But more importantly enjoy yourself.

  • Angie

    You can play off what Destorm does in his challenge videos. People can challenge you to do certain types of looks. Or a look using a certain product or color. Not sure how it would work in beauty videos, but it could be a fun way to interact with everyone.

  • Nik

    I love tutorials and hauls but my favorite are always the reviews. I would hate to lose those. I also really love te health tips makes me feel like I have an Ali on the hunt for healthy stuff.

  • http://unicornrants.tumblr.com/ Megan Havers

    I love full on tutorials and tips and tricks the most! I only like hauls and product reviews once in a while because I get sad that I don’t have that product available in Canada most of the time. I love your work though!

  • katie

    i love open box vidoes and hauls. it gives me ideas of what to be looking for in the next couple of weeks. i enjoy seeing what has caught your eye lately. like i would have NEVER found the pop sticks that looked like barbie lipstick without you. i actually love the product (: so more hauls and stuff would be lover-ly (:

  • Jennifer Caster

    Haha, they better be oatmeal cookies! It’s just like writers getting writers block, and artists getting art blocks. All of your loyal fans will understand! Just wondering, what ever happened to the giveaway??? We <3 you Leesha! Now time for delicious cookies! :D